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“As a Finance Club cabinet member, I collaborated with Reaching Out MBA to provide programming for LGBTQ students who were recruiting for investment banking and partnered with Fuqua affinity clubs to ensure there were programming and fellowship opportunities for students of all diverse groups.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2020
Industry:
Financial Services—Investment Banking

Prior Education:

Texas State University
Healthcare Administration, 2012
Hometown:
Dallas, Texas
Nationality:
Ghana/USA

Why I Chose Fuqua

My first visit to Fuqua was during a Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) kickoff seminar. There I interacted with several alumni and current students who confirmed that my two major MBA goals, which were to transition from private wealth management to investment banking and to grow my professional LGBTQ network, could be obtained at Fuqua. From that point forward, it became clear that Fuqua was an ideal fit for me both personally and professionally.

 

5 Random Things About Me

  1. I am passionate about men’s luxury retail and fashion shows. I have gone to fashion shows in several cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas five of the last six years.
  2. My greatest vice is a vanilla or red velvet buttercream frosted cupcake, paired with a cold glass of skim milk and ice cubes.
  3. I’m a first generation Ghanaian-American. The African community that helped raised me often used metaphors that were very different from what I heard in school. One time I used the phrase, “diapers to diamonds.” As my classmates laughed hysterically, I was told that the correct metaphor is “rags to riches.” I learned that my cultural differences can either be shameful or a form of comedy; I chose the latter.
  4. “Don't stop until you pass out!” Those were the words of my eighth-grade basketball coach at practice one day. Although I am sure his words were not meant to be taken literally, that actually happened! All I remember after passing out was regaining consciousness in an emergency room surrounded by my concerned teammates. Through this experience, I learned the value of supporting others through traumatic experiences, as my teammates supported me.
  5. Growing up as a gay man who loved and played sports was difficult for me because I hid my sexuality from everyone. One of my personal goals is to one day return to my hometown and provide LGBTQ and allyship programming to all the student-athletes at my high school alma mater.

My Life Before Fuqua

I previously worked for JPMorgan as an associate in the private wealth management division, where I collaborated on initiatives ranging from uncovering new investment opportunities for lead investors and bankers to formulating a multi-day technology program for several large family offices and internal partners.

My Life After Fuqua

My career goal is to become an investment banker. That plan will commence this summer when I start my internship for a large international financial institution in New York City. As an investment banker, some of the skill sets that are most important are resiliency and team building. I feel that Fuqua has positioned me to be successful on both fronts.

My Fuqua Activities

Admissions Ambassador

 

Admissions Fellow

 

Black and Latino MBA Organization

 

Business in Africa Club

 

Finance Club

 

FuquaPride

 

Health Care Club

 

Reaching Out MBA Fellow

Black and Latino MBA Organization

My fellow cabinet members and I partnered with Fuqua admissions to create programming for events ranging from the Minority Workshop and Blue Devil Weekend to MLT’s kickoff seminar.

My Favorite Fuqua Club

One of the highlights of my first year was the amazing fashion show put on by the Retail and Luxury Brands Club. This is because the club was intentional about touching all intersections of diversity by highlighting fashion trends ranging from West African, South Indian and Latino cultures to professional and modern looks as well. It was a great way to highlight one of the greatest strengths at Fuqua -- its diversity.

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Kevin Rahill

Class of 2020
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Kait Shorrock

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Emily Carsch

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Daytime MBA

Jeffrey Bonsu

Class of 2020